Category Archives: Performance

Face-to-face or shoulder-to-shoulder

On a fine, windy Summer day in 2008 Swedish artist Tobias Karlsson invited me to sit with him in one of the three cubicles, mentioned “Untitled”, which he presented as part of his graduation show at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie … Continue reading

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When Performance is a Mirror

  Dear Yoko, Mothers don’t always ask to be Mothers and dogs scratch any old door to escape dogcatchers or their idea of dogcatchers—but here we are now; we’ve found ourselves Here. My mother has died and I need a … Continue reading

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Potential Return

When I was a child we sometimes played a game in the school gymnasium. My kindergarten class would line up around the periphery of a parachute-blanket. Everybody grabbed a piece of the outside and, following the count of a teacher, … Continue reading

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Yearning for Reciprocity

Between the small towns of Štúrovo in Slovakia and Esztergom in Hungary flows the river Danube, five hundred metres wide. Now the Mária Valéria bridge connects both towns and spans the border between both countries, but from 1944 till 2001 the bridge lay in … Continue reading

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One Way Reciprocity

From 1973 to 1986 James Lee Byars sent numerous letters and postcards to Joseph Beuys. Scribbles on small pieces of paper; poems knitted in golden thread on sheets of red satin; sentences inked on rice paper resembling the stones of … Continue reading

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Collective Actions Encounter

The header image of this blog shows the outcome of a 1970s event by the Moscow conceptual art group Collective Actions. Most of their actions consisted of situations in which a group of people, invited by the action’s organizers, participated in … Continue reading

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